It boggles my mind how some people lack all social skills. It’s not that hard to get along with people. It’s not rocket science. Yes, we can’t please everybody and not everyone in life is going to like us but overall you can be a likeable person. This post is a little reminder of social do’s and don’ts. To me they pretty much common sense but obviously common sense is not so common nowadays.
Don’t be so sensitive. People are going to joke around with you and take the piss it’s up to you whether you are going to be offended by what they say or not. Yes, there is a line that people can cross but for the most part I promise you they joking around. Are you someone who loses their temper quickly? Count to ten next time. If you constantly lose your temper people are going to start drawing away from you. Nobody wants to hang out with somebody like that. Even if you just look angry, people won’t want to approach you. Here’s a biggie: Don’t be annoying! There are numerous ways people can be annoying and different people find different things annoying so this can be a hard one to put into practice. If you see someone having a bad day though and they want some space, give them that. If someone tells you that something you do is annoying then work on changing it. Don’t gossip. If I’m hanging out with you and all you doing is talking about other people, then I’m going to wonder what you say about me when I’m not around. Don’t be arrogant. No one likes an arrogant jerk. There’s absolutely no reason in the world to be arrogant. It just makes you look stupid, not the people you looking down on.
When you out and about, greet people. I’m always amazed how some people don’t greet others when they arrive at a social event. It’s just plain rude in my books. Smile when you greet people. It’s not going to kill you I promise and it also makes you more approachable. Share your things. Sounds a bit preschool but it’s not. If you taking a gum out your bag, offer to those around you. Offer your chips. Anything. It just gives off a generous, nice person vibe. Simple things like holding the door open for someone also goes a long way. Last but not least, respect others. Everyone is different. Embrace this. Learn from others. Prejudice is so 1985. If you respect others, others will respect you. It’s a two-way street.